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6:40 PM ET, September 4, 2008

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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS.  —  Chris Hayes fires back on Giuliani and Palin's mockery of “community organizers”: … Adam Serwer agrees: … But look, let's call a spade a spade: When Giuliani sneered about community organizers on the “South side” of Chicago, it's pretty clear what he's saying …
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
What a Community Organizer Does  —  Slowly, slowly, I am recovering from the extremely effective bilge festival staged by the Republicans last night.  And while there is much to discuss, there was one item, in particular, that has to be considered infuriating: the attack on Barack Obama's service …
Discussion: The Nation and Making Light
David Frum:
More Thoughts on Palin  —  Credit where it's due!  —  That was an amazing performance by Sarah Palin last night.  She delivered a powerful, clever, and deftly savage speech - but even more important, she projected through the speech a personality at once charismatic and down to earth, feminine yet tough.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and PoliBlog (TM)
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard Blog:
How Dare Sarah Palin Insult Community Organizers!  —  Those trying to tarnish Sarah Palin's speech last night have decided to criticize Palin's alleged insult of community organizers: “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama didn't expect ginger treatment from Palin
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The GOP's cheerful viciousness
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Irene Jay Liu / Capitol confidential:
Giuliani takes no prisoners
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING.  —  Another irresponsible “community organizer”
Barry Yourgrau / The Huffington Post:
Rudy Giuliani in Lipstick
Discussion: The Corner
Richard Starr / Weekly Standard Blog:   Sarah Palin's ‘Position on the Issues’
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Obama: ‘Who are they fighting for?’  —  Barack Obama addresses …
Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
BREAKING: Sarah Palin “Winged” Her Speech Because of “Broken” Teleprompter  —  Halfway through Sarah Palin's speech tonight at the RNC, people following the speech noticed she was deviating from the prepared text.  —  According to sources close to the McCain campaign, the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks.
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Detroit Free Press:
Free Press voter panel reacts to Palin's speech  —  “Originally, I was a not too happy about McCain's choice for a running mate, Sarah Palin ... However, after her speech tonight I am beginning to see her in a different light.  She seems like a real fighter, someone who would stick …
Gloria Steinem / Los Angeles Times:
Palin: wrong woman, wrong message  —  Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton.  She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.  —  Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing — the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The teleprompter did not break  —  Sarah Palin delivered a powerful speech last night, but she did not “wing it.”  —  That is what Erick Erickson, citing sources close to McCain, has written on his blog, RedState.  —  Erickson writes that “the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Megan McArdle:
Thoughts on Sarah Palin  —  They're a little scattered, since I spent the speech lying in bed and wheezing.  So, bullet points.  — This woman is an Obama-level political natural.  She is a ferociously good speaker, and almost preternaturally composed.
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
Sex, Culture, and Sarah Palin
Rod Dreher / beliefnet:
The price of voting for Palin
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PERFECTLY FUNCTIONING TELEPROMPTER.... Watching Sarah Palin's speech …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Rasmussen Reports:
51% Say Reporters Are Trying To Hurt Palin; 39% Say She Has Better Experience Than Obama  —  Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November.
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Reuters:
Palin draws 37 mln viewers, just shy of Obama
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Gov'nors don't vote present
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin attacks ‘shrill and sarcastic,’ says Reid spokesman
Washington Wire:   RNC Picks Up $1 Million After Palin Speech
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Mentions of Bush in St. Paul dwindle to one
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin raises $8 million — for Obama  —  Obama's coffers have been filling since Sarah Palin attacked him repeatedly in St. Paul last night.  —  An Obama aide confirms Drudge's report that Obama has raised about $8 million from more than 130,000 donors and is on pace to raise $10 million by the time McCain reaches the stage tonight.
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Laura Bush / Vanity Fair:
Cindy McCain's $300,000 Outfit  —  One of the persistent memes in the Republican line of attack against Barack Obama is the notion that he is an elitist, whereas the G.O.P. represent real working Americans like Levi “F-in' Redneck” Johnston.  —  It caught our attention, then …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: No Dent in Obama Lead So Far  —  Obama holds 7-point lead in latest results  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama continues to hold a lead over John McCain, 49% to 42%, in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update.  —  The results are based on interviewing conducted Sept. 1-3.
ABCNEWS:
Fired Alaskan Official Says Palin Hasn't Been Truthful  —  Monegan Says He Was Fired For His Refusal to Fire Governor's Former Brother-In-Law  —  The fired Alaskan official, whose dismissal has become the subject of a state senate committee's investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NFL Opener Has McCain Campaign Leery of Delay-of-Game Penalty  —  Hurricane Gustav blew away the opening night of the Republican National Convention on Monday.  Now Republicans are warily eyeing a man-made event — the NFL season opener between the Redskins and Giants — hoping that it won't complicate the convention's climax tonight.
Fox News:
Obama: Surge Succeeded Beyond ‘Wildest Dreams’  —  The troop surge in Iraq has been more successful than anyone could have imagined, Barack Obama conceded Thursday in his first-ever interview on FOX News' “The O'Reilly Factor.”  —  As recently as July, the Democratic presidential candidate declined …
 
 
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People.com:
Sarah Palin Talks About Her Family Struggles
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
Jonathan V. Last / First Things:
Why They Hate Her  —  There are reasonable criticisms …
ABCNEWS:
Clinton: Obama ‘Change You Can Xerox’
Discussion: The Corner and Betsy's Page
Associated Press:
Palin delivers star-turning performance at RNC
Discussion: The Corner
Akmuckraker / Mudflats:
Palin-Palooza Wrap Up.  —  Part of me really didn't want to watch last night.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Pointlets on Mitt  —  1. The former governor of Massachusetts came …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Brandon Friedman / VetVoice:
Republicans Use Fake Troops for RNC Video
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Where Are Joe Biden's Medical Records?
 Earlier Items: 
Mara Reinstein / The Huffington Post:
I'm Voting for McCain... And Yes, I Wrote the Us Weekly Cover Story
Discussion: Hot Air
Matthew Sheffield / NewsBusters.org:
Republicans Jeer, Protest NBC News
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“We Are Expecting Great And Mighty Things”
Brad / Think Progress:
Romney mocks Gore for non-existent private jet.
Discussion: NPR
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Obama's Next Move
Richard Grenell / The Huffington Post:
Whiplash for Wolf Blitzer
Discussion: Hot Air
Media Matters for America:
Quinn called NOW the “National Organization for Whores,” …
Detroit Free Press:
Mayor: ‘I lied under oath’
 

 
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